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Head Coach George Quintero is considered one of the most influential people in youth basketball. With a simple but intense practical approach to the game, he coaches and counsels every one of his players to be exceptional “athletes.” George has coached elite-level youth and high-school club/AAU basketball across Southern California for 37 years. His distinguished career has produced hundreds of NCAA Division I athletes and professional players across the globe.
George began his coaching career in 1985 at Santa Monica High School, where he dedicated six seasons as a boys coach for the power house program. In 1987, the program captured the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship. In 2002, George lead Los Angeles Marlborough School to its first CIF championships in school history.
In 1995, Quintero founded Westside Basketball Club (WBC) in Santa Monica, which for 25+ years was one of the most well respected youth basketball programs in California. In 2003, he established California Finest and the team became a powerhouse on the national scene, producing four McDonalds All Americans, Alexis Kendricks (Georgia), Noelle Quinn (UCLA) Jennifer Hall (Vanderbilt) & Crystal Ervin (Norte Dame). In total, George has personally trained and developed over 20 McDonald All-Americans.
In 2006, George was named Head Caoch and Director of a Nike-sponsored California Storm Basketball program. His detailed player development approach to coaching and guiding athletes has become the cornerstone of success and national reputation.
He has built a brand that is unparalleled on the Club/AAU space.
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Born and raised in Utah, Erin Thorn is 1 of 10 kids in her family. Recruited by Duke and many others, she stayed local and earned a Bachelors Degree while playing basketball at Brigham Young University in Provo. When her college career was over, she held the NCAA record for most 3-pointers made in a career (that record has since been broken). She was a 3-time All-American and led BYU to the program’s first ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Selected 17th overall in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty, Erin had the opportunity to learn under some of the best, from Teresa Weatherspoon to Becky Hammon. During her career, Erin played six seasons in New York, three seasons in Chicago, and one in Minnesota where the team made it to the WNBA Finals. Erin worked her way from last on the bench to a starter during her time with the Liberty and led the league in 3pt shooting percentage one season. Her versatility and high basketball IQ made Erin an asset to every team she played for.
Residing in Las Vegas since 2009, Erin has found ways to give back to a game that has blessed her with so much. In 2013, she began coaching youth basketball with Vegas Elite. She eventually took over the girls side of the program and made it her own.
Founded in 2019, Erin Thorn Elite and it’s club family (M.O.B.) is a non-profit girls youth basketball program that has grown from 2 middle school teams and just 20 girls to 10+ teams and 150+ girls in just two short years.
Her desire to share her knowledge and love for the game of basketball is what got Erin into coaching at the youth level. She is passionate as she teaches elite-level aspects of the game (both physical and mental) to the girls in the Las Vegas and Southern Utah communities.
Erin and her co-director have worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for the youth of our community to develop habits of hard work and dedication, learn about community service, and earn college scholarships.
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Marcus is a coach, trainer, and educator, and the CEO and founder of Forbes Sports & Education, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that uses sports as a vehicle for personal development, academic enhancement, and community empowerment. Marcus played high school basketball in the Sacramento before earning his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in education from Occidental College. He then went on to earn his masters in education from Harvard University, where he also studied business and human development. Prior to joining California Storm Team Taurasi, Marcus directed the Team Forbes girls basketball club, which served players in the Sacramento area.